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Book tour & giveaway: Swept into Love

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The Ryders are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series. These hot contemporary romance novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy passionate contemporary romance and women’s fiction.

In SWEPT INTO LOVE…

It’s been years since Sally Tuft’s husband died and she was left to raise her teenage son alone. And almost as long since she told the only other man she’d ever wanted that they should be just friends. Now her son has left for college and Sally has no distractions to keep her from thinking about her best friend and coworker, Gage Ryder, and what could have been.

Gage always believed that one day Sally would move past the death of her husband and they would finally explore the passion that’s simmered between them since the day they met. Tasked with opening a new youth center in Oak Falls, Virginia, Gage hopes the trip away is just what they need to finally come together.

Before Gage and Sally ever reach Oak Falls, one night at a conference changes everything, putting their friendship–and their love–on the line, and the two must decide if getting swept up in love is the beginning of forever, or the end of their friendship as they know it.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Seized by Love (Blue)
Claimed by Love (Duke)
Chased by Love (Trish)
Rescued by Love (Jake)
Swept Into Love (Gage)

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My Review:

I am so excited for my day on the book tour for Melissa Foster’s Swept into Love! Part of the Ryders series, this time it’s Gage’s story and it is so romantic!

Gage and Sally have been best friends for years, doing things that normal couples would do. They buy gifts for others together, share dinners, work together, and Gage has been like a father to Sally’s son Rusty. Sally’s husband Dave died in a skiing accident almost 6 years earlier, and both Sally and Gage have ignored their feelings for one another. But now that Rusty has been away at college for a few years, things definitely start to change between them. 

I loved Gage and Sally’s story for several reasons, but it was basically just the incredible chemistry, love, and respect between the two of them. They were practically the perfect couple already as best friends, but once they admit their true feelings, they are unstoppable. There are several other familiar characters interlaced in the story (Blue, Jake, Trish, etc), but overall, it’s all about Gage, Sally, and Rusty.

I won’t give any spoilers, of course, but get ready for a different kind of story this time, compared to a lot of Melissa’s other novels. This romance is written differently from the others, but also made it once of the sweetest and romantic novels of hers that I have read! This is a fast-paced novel that you should prepare to be sucked in to. You will want to finish Swept into Love in one sitting, so don’t start this one if you have to be somewhere in an hour! As always, I was left feeling romantic, smiling, and full of love after reading Melissa Foster, but something about Swept into Love stands out to me, easily making this one of my favorite novels she has written. 

 

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Seized by Love, Love in Bloom: The Ryders #1 

YOU FELL IN love with Blue Ryder and Lizzie Barber in Seaside Summers, now follow their journey to find true love in SEIZED BY LOVE, the first book in the Ryder series

Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister’s education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she’s put her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.

Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie Barber when he met her a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, from her tight bod to her seductive smile, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he’s extended—Blue is not about to give up trying.

Renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie’s life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie’s secret is revealed and the safe bubble she’s hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Claimed by Love, Love in Bloom: The Ryders #2 

Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he’s not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor…until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke’s powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who’s used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Chased by Love, Love in Bloom: The Ryders #3

Actress Trish Ryder takes her job seriously and has no time for those who don’t. When she’s awarded a major role in a new movie featuring America’s hottest rock star, Boone Stryker, she’s beyond excited. The six-two, tattooed hunk of burning desire is known for his dedication to his craft–but when he ditches their first meeting, she begins to wonder if he’s just another rocker with a great PR team.

Sex, booze, women, and music pretty much sum up Boone Stryker’s private world. He’s coasted through life playing by his own rules with plenty of people willing to cover his tracks, and he’s not likely to change–until he meets a woman who refuses to give him the time of day, much less anything more.

Sparks fly from the first moment Trish and Boone meet–Tensions run hot and desire runs hotter when they’re trapped together on a remote location with no place to hide. Will sparks ignite, or will a hurricane douse the flames?

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Rescued by Love, Love in Bloom: The Ryders #4

As the daughter of a world-renowned fashion designer, Addison Dahl enjoyed a privileged life attending the most sought after parties, traveling around the world, and having anything she wanted. Until she broke free and went against her father’s wishes, needing to prove to herself–and to him–that she could make it on her own. Now she’s ready to take her adventures in a new direction and sets her sights on roughing it in the wilderness.

Jake Ryder followed in his father’s footsteps as a top search and rescue professional. He spends his days saving those in need and his nights in the arms of willing women who offer nothing more than a few hours of sexual enjoyment. Just the way he likes it.

When Jake’s sister-in-law calls, concerned because she’s been unable to reach her best friend, it’s up to Jake to find her and bring her home. But Addison isn’t lost, and she sure as hell isn’t going to be told what to do by an ornery mountain man with whom she’d spent one torrid weekend after her best friend’s wedding. Jake has never left anyone behind–will Addison be his first failed rescue?

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

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Book Review: Where in the Dark

Where in the Dark (A Cydney Granger Thriller Book 2),

 by Karen Millie-James

Publication: King of the Road Publishing Limited; September 4, 2017

where in the darkAbout the book: 

Two envelopes. Two Holocaust survivors. Two anonymous bearer
bonds each worth one million pounds. Corporate forensic
investigator, Cydney Granger, with help from beyond the grave,
enters a world previously unknown to her to unravel the truth
behind a web of secrets, lies, corruption, blackmail and hidden
Nazi loot as new horrors of the Third Reich come to light.

Still struggling to come to terms with the apparent death of her
husband, Captain Steve Granger, five years’ earlier, Cydney puts her
personal feelings to one side and is determined to bring to justice
an escaped Nazi criminal, Adolf Weissmuller, living under the assumed
name of Albert Whiteman, whose son is about to run for the US
presidency. Can Albert ever make amends for his crimes against
humanity, or are some actions beyond forgiveness …?

Will Cydney, along with her trusted and tough protector, former
sergeant, Sean O’Connell, also uncover the truth surrounding
her husband?

The consequences of Cydney’s investigations, stretching back
before WWII, are far reaching with the potential to bring down a
banking dynasty as she faces insurmountable odds from which
there is only one final solution.

The dramatic follow-up to The Shadows Behind Her Smile,
a compelling debut which takes the reader from the heart of Cydney’s
corporate world to the ruins of war-torn Damascus and where men
will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.

My Review:

Who, What, When, etc. 

Where in the Dark is the second novel in the Cydney Granger series, and once again brings a ton of secrets, crime, and suspense. After the death of her husband Steve years earlier, Cydney is living with her teenage twin children and her husband’s best friend, Sean, who promised Steve he would look after his family if something happened to him. Cydney’s romance with George has bloomed and they are a happy family together. 

Cydney’s close friend/father figure Rupert is back this time and refers his friends and Holocaust survivors Harold and Alfie to Cydney when they each receive one million dollar bearer bonds in the mail. The investigation into the bonds takes Cydney to West Virginia in search of who mailed the bonds and why, while Sean is investigating whether or not Steve is really dead. 

Cydney is once again contacted by spirits that not only aid in her investigation regarding the bonds but help her solve the puzzle regarding her supposedly deceased husband. 

Thoughts and Reactions

Let me begin with trigger warnings regarding this novel. There is a great deal of content regarding the mistreatment of the Jewish people during WWII. Although relevant, Karen Millie-James did a great deal of research and included this detailed research regarding the treatment of those held in concentration camps throughout the novel. 

Now, let me attempt to explain how incredible this novel is without giving spoilers, of course. Where in the Dark is a suspense/thriller, but at a higher level with a complex plot and extremely complex characters. Once Harold and Alfie contact Cydney regarding the bonds, things quickly begin unfolding leaving a trail of puzzle pieces.

The bonds are traced to a bank in West Virginia, but one that also had branches in Germany at one point. That bank is owned by an Albert Whiteman, who used to be known as Adolf Weissmuller when he was a member of the Third Reich. At ninety years old, Albert has been confessing the sins of his life and trying to seek some sort of forgiveness, however, Albert’s Nazi ties risk the future of the bank his family built, as well as his son’s future – his son being the Governor of West Virginia with plans to run as a Presidential candidate. 

Running parallel to the investigation into the bonds is the investigation into whether or not Cydney’s husband is still alive and being held by a unit of the Special Forces. Sean has been helping and caring for Cydney and the children since Steve’s “death,” but now a tension rises between them as he tries to learn what has really happened to Steve.

Back to my assertion earlier about this being a higher level suspense thriller, there is nothing simple or easy about the plot of this novel. Karen-Millie James crafted very detailed sub-plots that not only enhance the story but make it completely fascinating. Don’t get me wrong, this is a difficult read at times and not a novel that you will breeze through quickly. However, everything is tied together seamlessly as she slowly reveals the whole picture.

Something I enjoy and respect about Millie-James’ writing is her characterization. Regardless of how secondary a character appears, her writing ensures that you can see and hear this character, in addition to knowing a great deal about them. There are no blanks or question marks after reading this novel or her previous novel, based on her impeccable character development. 

On a personal note, I have even more respect for the author and her writing because of the amount of research that went into this novel. Being that I am in the United States and in Virginia (right next door to West Virginia, for those not from the U.S.), Karen Millie-James asked me questions that seemed so mundane, yet it all made since once I read the novel, such as, “what would someone in West Virginia call their father and grandfather? or What do you know about West Virginia politics?)

Not only is the novel outstanding, but it is based on research, as well as, personal family history of Karen Millie-James and her ancestors. Anyone interested in an intelligent, thought-provoking suspense/crime thriller, Where in the Dark should be placed at the top of your TBR. 

*Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Review: The Heirs

The Heirs: A Novel, by Susan Rieger

Publication: Crown; May 23, 2017

heirsAbout the book: 

Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him.  The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him.  In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure.

Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together — Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm — and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor. The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to family loyalty – a loyalty they always believed their father shared. Struggling to reclaim their identity, the brothers find Eleanor’s sympathy toward the woman and her sons confounding. Widowhood has let her cast off the rigid propriety of her stifling upbringing, and the brothers begin to question whether they knew either of their parents at all.

A riveting portrait of a family told with compassion, insight, and wit, The Heirs wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable, patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, The Heirs is a tale out Edith Wharton for the 21st century.

My Review:

Who, What, Where, When

The Heirs, by Susan Rieger, is her latest novel about a wealthy family in New York City, the Falkes. Rupert Falkes has recently passed away leaving his wife Eleanor and five sons: Harry, Will, Sam, Jack, and Tom. 

Rupert is from England, raised in an orphanage by a Reverand Falkes, but never knew his biological family. Basically a self-made man, he went to Yale Law School and went on to be extremely successful in his career. His marriage to Eleanor was pleasant and happy, but only included affection in the bedroom. He loved his sons but again was not affectionate. 

Eleanor loved raising her five boys and was a good parent despite being raised by a very cold and unaffectionate mother. Her first love was Jim Cardozo, but their marriage was forbidden due to differing religions.

A few months after Rupert’s death, Eleanor receives notice from her attorneys that the estate is being sued by Vera Wolinski, claiming that Rupert had fathered her two sons and financially supported them while they were growing up. 

Thoughts and Reactions

The Heirs was a unique and beautifully written novel. Overall, it read more like a family case study than a fiction novel but was absolutely fascinating. The novel flashed back between the past and present allowing the reader to get to know Rupert prior to his death. The switch in time also provided further insight and Rupert and Eleanor’s life prior to meeting one another. 

The five sons were interesting in that they were so incredibly different in some ways, yet so strongly bound together in other ways. They all want to Princeton after Harry enrolled there and they all became successful in various ways in their careers. While growing up, they noticed a lack of physical affection between Rupert and Eleanor but never suspected any problems or unhappiness in their parents’ marriage. 

The reactions to Vera Wolinski and her sons varied throughout the family, however, it ranged from curiosity to anger, especially towards Eleanor. Perhaps their mother’s own solemn, calm reaction to the allegations sparked the anger, but regardless, Susan Rieger depicted a once picture perfect family suddenly start to realize their own immortality and their own abilities to make mistakes, fail, and feel regrets. 

The Heirs most certainly not an action-packed read, as I stated earlier, it is more of a reflection and history of a family. It serves as a reminder that everything is not always as it seems, despite years of stability and routine. Especially with Eleanor and her sons, it also serves as a reminder of the secrets we keep as women, daughters, parents, husbands, sons, and so on. Eleanor’s life may not have played out exactly as she had wished, but she enjoyed her life and created her own happiness. It wasn’t until her sons started asking personal questions about her and Rupert’s life together, that they realized that they may not always want to hear the answers. 

I liked Eleanor and Rupert’s characters, especially their back stories about their upbringing, but otherwise, there weren’t any other particularly likable characters. Perhaps Edward, Eleanor’s father, but otherwise, I felt no positive connection with any of the sons while reading. 

Again, the writing and imagery in The Heirs were outstanding and I am glad that I read it, however, there are not any life-changing moments in the novel. What made this novel good and in my mind, stand out among other novels, was the characterization of Eleanor and Rupert and their contentedness in their lives. 

*Many thanks to Blogging for Books for providing this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Everything We Left Behind

Everything We Left Behind, by Kerry Lonsdale

Publication: Lake Union Publishing; July 4, 2017

everything we left behindAbout the book:

Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower, and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.

Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust.

My Review:

Those of you that caught my review the other day of Everything We Keep, probably noticed that I wasn’t crazy about it. Yes, reviews have been mixed, but I think the majority of readers loved. I did not. However, I had already received the ARC of Everything We Left Behind and was curious…

Everything We Left Behind did not hold the suspense and twists that were a part of Everything We Keep, but I found that I enjoyed the follow-up much better than the first book. 

At the end of the first book, James was emerging from his fugue state (as Carlos), wondering what in the world had happened and where he was. With no memories of his six years living as Carlos, James doesn’t recognize his children or Natalya, and he still considers Aimee the love of his life. Everything We Left Behind flashes back and forth between Carlos and James, and although there isn’t as much suspense, there is much deeper characterization. The author provides a closer look into James/Carlos, as well as, his children, Thomas, Claire, and Natalya. I must say that I felt that Ian was portrayed in a mostly negative light in this book, but I’ve also tried to remind myself that he is defensive over Aimee and the life they have built together. 

Again, trying to avoid spoilers, Phil is presented in a more positive way in this book, based on his apparent efforts to save James from the trauma that prompted the fugue in the first place, however, I still don’t trust him. After losing myself in this second novel, I’m excited about the third novel due out next year and insanely curious as to where Kerry Lonsdale will take this story next. If you loved book 1, then you will love book 2. If you are like me and just didn’t understand all of the hoopla over book 1, give book 2 a shot. It is much more grounded and more of a study of human personalities than the the first one. 

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Learn more about Kerry Lonsdale by visiting her web page!

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Book Review: Felicity at The Cross Hotel

FELICITY AT THE CROSS HOTEL, BY HELENA FAIRFAX

PUBLICATION: JULY 7, 2017

felicityAbout the book: 

A quaint hotel in the Lake District. The Cross Hotel is the perfect getaway. Or is it?
Felicity Everdene needs a break from the family business. Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. But Felicity soon discovers all is not well at the Cross Hotel …
Patrick Cross left the village of Emmside years ago never intending to return, but his father has left him the family’s hotel in his will, and now he’s forced to come back. With a missing barmaid, a grumpy chef, and the hotel losing money, the arrival of Felicity Everdene from the notorious Everdene family only adds to Patrick’s troubles.
With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves?

My Review:

I didn’t realize until yesterday that I was reviewing two books this week with the main character named Felicity! However, Felicity at The Cross Hotel is on the opposite side of the spectrum from the Felicity I mentioned yesterday!

Felicity Everdene is part of a huge family hotel business, goes by Fliss, and drives an old beat up car she calls Agnetha. Needing a break from tensions with her father regarding their business practices, Fliss heads to Emmside to work at The Cross Hotel, owned by a family that is close friends with her mother. Fliss first meets Patrick Cross, whom his late father left The Cross Hotel to and then meets Jilly Cross. Along with them are other wonderful characters employed at the hotel, especially sommelier, Johnny. Fliss finds a sad and worn out hotel, with the owners and employees not much better. But her contagious cheerfulness and ideas for turning things around, soon start to run off on everyone around her. 

Fliss is an extraordinary character in that she is almost always happy and positive. Patrick is resentful and stressed over his father leaving the hotel to him since he happily runs a diving business in the Caribbean and he discovers the hotel is in financial trouble. Patrick’s mom Jilly is mourning her husband and also under a huge amount of stress regarding the hotel. Patrick obviously finds Fliss annoying at times since their personalities are so different, but even he can’t maintain his cold, sad persona all of the time. 

I loved Fliss’ personality, drive, and creativity. She headed to Emmside expecting to be in charge of this beautiful and successful hotel but found the opposite. Still, she maintained her positivity and her character was truly inspirational as far as making the best of things. As much as I loved this story and the characters, I have to say that I didn’t finish the novel feeling that I really knew them. Bits and pieces of everyone’s lives were shared, but I don’t think that the characters were developed as much as they could have been.

Various conflicts were weaved into the plot, but the novel left me feeling happy and upbeat about the world! This isn’t a complex look into someone’s life but just a pleasant story about making the best of things and the power of positivity!

*Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Learn more about Helena Fairfax by visiting her web page.

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Book Review: Syn’s Broken Journey

SYN’S BROKEN JOURNEY (BROKEN PIECES BOOK 5), BY KELLY MOORE

PUBLICATION: APRIL 26, 2017

syn's journeyAbout the book: 

As the last unattached member of the Nolan family, Syn is ready to risk everything for a mission he’s been assigned to.  He’s military born and bred.  He loves two things – his country and his family.  When it comes to love, he’s kept his distance.  He’s watched his brother and his cousin settle down with families of their own and he’s more than content to play a role in their lives, but not give his heart away to any one woman.
 
Journey Valeur has had nothing but heartbreak.  She fell for the wrong man, blindly following him, and it cost her dearly.  She has no intent on ever giving her heart away again.  Now, she’s hell-bent on revenge, but she has become the hunted, wanted for murder.  She’s kept herself well-hidden, deep in the mountains of Utah, until one man is sent to find her.
 
Syn meets a beautiful woman on a train on the way to his mission.  She lights a fire in him like he’s never felt before.  They have a brief encounter, but he lets her go to stay focused on the mission at hand.  Little does he know, their paths will cross again.
 
Syn has to decide whether or not to trust the story Journey is telling him.  If he chooses to believe her, his mission becomes lethal for both of them.  Syn will put everyone he loves at risk and his own life on the line for her.  To save her, he will dodge bullets, cross borders, and defend her against a high-ranking military official.  He’s taking on a deadly game that could easily be his demise.
 
Journey will have to make a choice to go it alone or trust a man again or be forced back into a life of terror.

My Review:

So, it’s no secret how much I love Kelly Moore and all of her novels, and Syn’s Broken Journey exceeded all of my expectations! This is book 5 in the Broken Pieces series and focuses on Syn (Jacksyn) as he takes on an unusual mission as requested by a high-ranking General. Unlike Steel and Gray who are have married the loves of their lives and have babies, Syn is still a bachelor who has never been in love. Everything changes while on a train to Utah and Syn spots Journey across the bar. He’s instantly captivated by this woman, which has never happened before. He assumes he’ll never see her again, but soon they are trying to work together to bring down a criminal.

As always I have developed a huge crush on the male character in one of Kelly’s novels. It happens every time, just can’t help it. When I think of Syn, I think of a “manly man,” who is strong, sexy, muscular, fearless, intelligent – just all of it! Besides being a big, sexy tough-guy, Syn also has an enormous heart and does what he can to do right by others, especially those he loves. Syn and his family are extremely close as always and are each willing to do anything to protect each other. 

Journey was a little different for me… I had moments where I really felt like I connected with her, then I would change my mind, then I would like her again, and so on. I can’t put my finger on why, but I think her character was so untrusting that it made me reluctant to trust her. Does that make sense? Journey was definitely tough and self-sufficient being the leader of a hidden compound and community, and her soft side was revealed eventually, but I still felt like she had a wall up throughout the novel. Journey’s uncle Noah stole my heart immediately and although her brother Trav went back and forth for awhile, he ended up proving to be a good and trustworthy man. 

If you recall my review of the last novel, Pieces of Gray, I fell in love with Kell (now Gray’s husband) and his character was just as incredible in this novel. Without even knowing Journey, Kell trusted Syn and jumped right in to help with Journey and the overall mission, repeatedly putting himself in difficult situations such as cramped quarters, darkness, etc. that reminded him of his time as a POW. 

Once again, Kelly Moore has created an action-packed, emotional, and romantic story that is difficult to label as one particular genre. She includes a little of everything in her novels making it appeal to the reader regardless of their normal preference. There’s military stuff, bad guys, weapons, romance, sexy scenes, sweet family scenes, and so on. Kelly’s writing style continues to amaze me with the complexity and pace of the plot and development of characters that makes you feel like you are there and part of their family.  I have learned that when I sit down to read one of Kelly’s novels, I won’t do anything else until I’ve finished the entire thing, and I know I will absolutely love it. 

Syn’s Broken Journey should be available around April 26th and I cannot recommend it enough, although starting at the beginning of the series will add to the enjoyment and provide more understanding of the characters and their lives. 

*Many thanks to Kelly Moore for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Learn more about Kelly Moore by visiting her web page.

Think Syn’s Broken Journey sounds good? Check out my reviews of the other novels in the Broken Pieces series!